The Office of Continuous Improvement has a library of Lean resources available for loan. Below is the list of resources that includes books, DVDs and workshop materials. These resources cover the basics of Lean, Lean culture building strategies, group facilitation, and specific Lean tools and concepts.
These resources are available for loan to all faculty, staff and students. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check out a book. Feel free to stop by 136W Wadsworth Hall to take a look at the library in person.
Lean Library Resources Available for Loan
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Business Officer Magazine - February 2013 edition with Dining Services article
Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade
A simple explanation of Lean principles and definitions told as a story about the author’s visit to school on his daughter’s first day in first grade. The author is very enthusiastic and uses everyday examples and analogies for every point, so this is an easy read. I recommend this book to people who have no background in Lean.
Feeding the Zircon Gorilla and other team building activities
Group Facilitation Methods - This is a book from a workshop by The Institute of Cultural Affairs
It's Our Ship: The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership (Book on CD)
This book is a must-read for anyone considering turning their organization into a lean enterprise. It's a very fast-paced book split into four parts that outline the strategy behind going Lean, the six fundamentals of a lean enterprise, how to effectively spread lean throughout an enterprise, and sustaining the lean transformation. The authors, Bruce Henderson and Jorge Larco, do a great job providing examples of past successes and failures to illustrate the many dynamics of what makes a lean transformation successful. The book shows time and time again that anyone who is not willing to get on the lean bandwagon will get left behind. I would recommend this to anyone who is in the process of starting up a new business or people who want to make their business more efficient but don't exactly know how. Regardless of the reader's level of knowledge about lean, they should find this book extremely insightful.
Today's Lean! Learning About and Identifying Waste - Pocket Guide
Toyota Kata Building Competitive Advantage with Lean: University of Michigan Improvement-Kata & Coaching-Kata Handbook
Who Moved My Cheese
This book is a great read for all ages and pertains to everyone no matter how old. It's easy enough for a younger reader to understand, but the message is relatable for all. It gives great examples of how we must adapt to change when change is inevitable and really makes you understand how change can be a good thing. I liked that there were examples of how one adapts well to change and how one doesn't adapt at all. It comes across very clearly that if you aren't willing to adapt to change, the you'll get left behind. This book would add value to someone who may be considering a life change (new job, relationship, re-location, etc.). It would also be great for an organization who is thinking of implementing improvements or change. It will give them an idea of how change can affect people in different ways.
The Office of Continuous Improvement is always interested in expanding it’s Lean Library. Please send recommendations for Lean resources to email@example.com.